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Office of the University Registrar

2005-06 Undergraduate Catalog

College of Medicine

College of Medicine


The College of Medicine, a unit of the Health Science Center, began operations in 1956 and is located on the south end of campus. This location, in direct proximity to university facilities, offers many opportunities to utilize and complement resources of the university in the educational and investigative programs of the college. Joint programs exist with the colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Education, Engineering, the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and the other colleges of the Health Science Center. Also, computational and statistical services are available through university resources and facilities.

The College of Medicine is responsible for several major educational programs. Foremost is the four-year program leading to the M.D. degree. After graduation, physicians enter residency programs. At present, the College of Medicine offers 571 positions in accredited residency training programs. The college offers an interdisciplinary graduate program (IDP) in biomedical sciences leading to the Ph.D. in medical sciences with specialization in the following concentrations: biochemistry and molecular biology, genetics, immunology and microbiology, neuroscience, molecular cell biology, and physiology and pharmacology.

The college also offers two-year programs leading to a Master of Science in clinical chemistry or biotechnology and a three-year program offered by the College of Medicine and the Warrington College of Business Administration leading to the joint M.S./M.B.A. The college also offers a two-year physician assistant program leading to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

Further training is offered through positions for postdoctoral research fellowships in all basic science and clinical departments. The clinical departments conduct frequent seminars as part of a continuing education program for practicing physicians. In addition, some of the clinical departments have assumed responsibility for community medicine programs in communities surrounding Gainesville.

The faculty is dedicated to a teaching program of high quality. The design of the four-year curriculum encourages a close faculty-student relationship. The educational program is structured to enable the graduate to choose any career in medicine. Therefore, emphasis is placed on fundamental biological principles and their relevance to the practice of medicine.

Teaching Hospitals

The primary teaching hospital for the College of Medicine is Shands at the University of Florida, a modern 570-bed tertiary care facility that is part of the Health Science Center complex. Shands at UF is one of seven hospitals that is owned and operated by Shands HealthCare, a not-for-profit system affiliated with the University of Florida. The College of Medicine also has faculty, students and residents who provide patient care, teaching and clinical trial research at the Veteranís Administration Medical Center located across the street from the Health Science Center campus.

Students also receive experience at Shands Jacksonville, approximately 70 miles from Gainesville. Shands Jacksonville has a 760-bed facility with more than 250 faculty providing patient care, teach and do clinical trial research. In addition, there are more than 60 owned or affiliated outpatient or community practice sites for educational experiences.

Detailed information will be found in the College of Medicine Catalog. Copies may be obtained by writing to the Office of the University Registrar, Box 114000, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-4000.

Undergraduate Preparation

Students intending to apply for admission to the College of Medicine should complete the requirements for a bachelorís degree. Preprofessional students at the University of Florida may major in a program offered by any department or college in the university. The Office of offers a variety of resources, including the universityís Preprofessional Handbook.

An applicant to the College of Medicine must have personal qualities of the highest order-character, integrity, intellectual honesty, responsibility, maturity, initiative and aptitude. In addition, students must have demonstrated superior academic achievement during undergraduate work and completed the Medical College Aptitude Test (MCAT). Admission information and brochures are available from the College of Medicine, the Office of Admissions' preprofessional admissions section and Health Professions Advising.

Joint Degree Programs

A Junior Medical Honors Program exists for undergraduate students who have chosen a career in the medical profession and who have demonstrated both superior scholastic ability and personal development during their first two college years. Students are chosen for the program at the end of their sophomore year. The third year consists of two-thirds undergraduate courses and one-third College of Medicine courses. The latter are offered in a seminar form. The fourth year consists of first-year preclinical courses in the College of Medicine.

Since the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences grants academic credit for all of the third-year work and part of the fourth-year work, a participating student receives a B.S. degree and concurrently completes one year of medical school while still an undergraduate student (in a total of four years).

The College of Agricultural and Life Sciences also participates in this program through their food science and human nutrition major (nutrition specialization) and provides information regarding completion of the degree in their college. The program is limited to 12 students per year in order to retain the discussion seminar format. Preference is given to Florida residents.

Unusually gifted students may enter a combined M.D.- Ph.D. program that offers a unique opportunity for integrating clinical experience with competence in basic biomedical research. This program reflects the increasing dependence of the practice of medicine on scientific advances in the biological sciences and seeks to produce clinician scientists.

The College of Medicine in conjunction with the Warrington College of Business Administration and the Fredric G. Levin College of Law offers programs leading to the M.D./M.B.A. and the M.D./J.D. degrees. A complete description of these programs is available in the College of Medicine Admissions Office.